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DOLE to elevate case against PLDT to the Supreme Court

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By Erma Edera

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will elevate to the Supreme Court its pending case on its regularization order against PLDT after the Court of Appeals (CA) junked their motion for reconsideration.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We have already requested the office of the Solicitor General to file the appropriate pleadings with the Supreme Court,” Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said.

In their pleading to the SC, Bello said they will maintain that 7,344 contractual employees covered by their orders were deployed by illegitimate service contractors.

Once the case is brought to the SC, Bello said it could take a long time before they enforce their regularization order even for those in the “core business” which was approved by the CA.

“It cannot be implemented unless the court decision is with finality,” Bello said.

The appellate court also said that its initial ruling that PLDT should absorb its contractual workers because they are the “core functions” of its business because they are engaged in the installation, repair and maintenance of its communication lines.

Earlier this month, CA junked the Motion for Reconsideration filed by DOLE regarding the order it issued last year for PLDT to absorb its 7,344 contractual workers.

However, Bello said the decision of CA is “not a complete loss” since it affirmed the validity of their regularization order.

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